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Dec 20, 2022; Tucson, Arizona, USA;Montana State Bobcats guard Patrick McMahon (1) makes a basket in opposition to Arizona Wildcats guard Cedric Henderson Jr. (45) within the second half at McKale Heart. Necessary Credit score: Zachary BonDurant-USA TODAY Sports activities

  • The Montana State Bobcats are +150 favorites to win the Massive Sky Convention Event
  • Proper behind them because the second betting selection at +180 are the Jap Washington Eagles
  • Beneath, see the 2023 Massive Sky Convention Event odds and predictions

In recent times, the Massive Sky Convention has seen dominance from Montana State and Jap Washington. Oddsmakers don’t see that altering throughout this 12 months’s Massive Sky match.

Defending champions Montana State have been established because the +150 chalk to win the tourney. An in depth second on this betting market is Jap Washington. The Eagles, champions of the 2021 tourney, are assigned a betting line of +180.

The Montana Grizzlies, winners of a document 11 Massive Sky match titles, are the third betting selection at +500.

2023 Massive Sky Convention Event Odds

College Odds
Montana State +150
Jap Washington +180
Montana +500
Weber State +900
Sacramento State +1200
Idaho State +2500
Northern Colorado +3000
Portland State +4000
Northern Arizona +4000
Idaho +15000

The Massive Sky Convention match will not be the place to be backing underdogs. In eight of the final 11 occasions, the #1 seed has gained the title. The opposite two tourneys in that span have been gained by the #2 seed. It’s a must to go all the way in which again to 2010, when Montana gained because the #4 seed, to discover a 12 months the place banking on upsets paid dividends.

Each Montana State and Jap Washington are being assigned betting strains of +300000 within the March Insanity odds. Every of the final 4 Massive Sky Convention match finals have featured at the very least one of many Bobcats or Eagles as members. Within the projected March Insanity bracket, Jap Washington is ready because the #15 seed within the Midwest Area.


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Massive Sky Convention Event Format

The highest six seeds within the Massive Sky Convention match obtain byes that mechanically place these faculties into the quarterfinals. Of the 4 remaining convention faculties, #10 seed Idaho performs the #9 seed Northern Arizona, whereas the #8 seed Northern Colorado faces the #7 seed Portland State for the 2 remaining quarterfinal spots.

These video games go on Saturday, March 4 and like all 4 quarterfinal video games, can be streamed on ESPN+. The 2 winners advance to fulfill the highest seeds – Jap Washington and Montana State – in quarterfinal motion on Sunday, March 5.

The opposite two quarterfinals are slated for Monday, March 6, with semifinals contested the next day. The primary semifinal can be broadcast by EPSNU and the opposite on ESPN2.

The March 8 championship sport at 11:30pm ET can also be slated to be proven on ESPN2.

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Two Is Jap Washington’s Fortunate Quantity

Each of Jap Washington’s current wins within the Massive Sky match – in 2021 and 2015 – have been earned because the #2 seed. Sadly for the Eagles, they enter this 12 months’s tourney because the top-seeded college.

The Eagles have been rolling alongside on the nation’s longest win streak of 18 video games after they misplaced their closing two video games of the common season at Idaho State and at residence by a 79-74 rely to Montana State.

A balanced assault carries the Eagles. They don’t have any participant within the prime 10 Massive Sky scorers, however two within the prime 13. Ahead Steele Venters (14.87 factors per sport) is eleventh in convention scoring. Two locations under him is ahead Angelo Allegri (13.50 ppg).

In addition they have three gamers located within the prime 11 in convention rebounding. Ahead Casey Jones (5.72) is ninth, ahead Cedric Coward (5.60) is tenth and Allegri (5.53) is eleventh.

Protection is the enemy of 22-9 Jap Washington. Whereas KenPom has the Eagles at #64 in adjusted offense (112.0), they’re a dismal 212th in adjusted protection (107.6).

Bobcats On Roll

In the meantime, the 22-9 Bobcats are seventy fifth in adjusted protection (100.4). Final 12 months, Montana State gained the Massive Sky Convention match title for the primary time since 1996.

Guard RaeQuan Battle paces the Bobcats offensively. He’s scoring 17.1 factors per sport, which is fifth total within the convention. Ahead Jubrile Belo is seventh in convention rebounding (6.1). Guard Darius Brown is third in assists (4.69) and leads in steals (1.97) and assists to turnover ratio (2.96).

Jap Washington leads the Massive Sky in scoring offense (77.0 ppg). Montana State leads the convention in scoring protection (66.3). However whereas the Bobcats are third in scoring offense (74.0), the Eagles are sixth in scoring protection (71.1).

What’s the outdated saying? Offense sells tickets. Protection wins championships.

Choose: Montana State Bobcats (+150)


Robert Duff

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